Special Gift and Daily Sketch: Hanbanero Pepper


Soft Grey Coats, 3x2in. Oil on linen/board. NFS

 One of my favorite signs of spring is when pussy willows appear! My sister-in-law also loves pussy willows, so I painted this miniature for her birthday.  The bottle of pussy willows was also included in her gift, so she could create a special little display. I had picked the pussy willows this year on one of my daily walks.

Nancy’s birthday was extra special this year, because her daughter held a surprise gathering of friends and relatives for her. She was really surprised when she arrived and received many wonderful gifts. Such fun!

I am playing around with a few frames I bought at Michael’s Craft Store. I thought they would be a nice way to frame some of my 3x2in. miniatures. The problem is that my boards are not flat. I rigged up the back for this one, but will have to tweak it a bit to be really secure. Then I could offer some of my miniatures framed in this way. I actually really liked how this one looked framed.

Oh and Nancy really loved her new pussy willow painting !


Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

I saw these cute little peppers at the supermarket and quickly placed two of them in my cart. I thought one of them would be perfect for my daily sketch. The shape of this one was so unique. I thought its personality just shone through.

The cashier had to look up the actual name and code to weigh them. She went on to tell me these were really, really hot, so be careful! I laughed and didn’t tell her I wasn’t actually planning on cooking with them, only drawing them. All and all it was an enjoyable subject to sketch.

How about you? Do you cook with this type of pepper?



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Daily Sketch: Red Decorative Bird


Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

Today’s Simple  Sketch

While on a few errands today, I spotted a package of teeny tiny decorative birds. I just couldn’t resist bringing them home. I thought they would be a nice addition to some of the vignettes I set up with my miniature paintings.

They also reminded me of the joy I receive when watching all the birds that come to our bird feeders. As the weather begins to change, more and more birds are arriving back to enjoy the warmer months ahead.  I love opening my door in the morning and listening to all their beautiful songs. It really is quite uplifting!

How about you? Do you enjoy both watching and listening to birds?



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Daily Sketch: Squirrel Button


Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

Little Squirrel is the fourth addition to the “Backyard Buddy’ buttons series. As you recall, Raccoon, Skunk and Rabbit have already made their debut as my models earlier on. By this point Squirrel could hardly contain himself, as he was so excited about being my next subject!

I think his tail is his best attribute. He loves to tease his buddies by waving it in front of them. He looks especially cute when he settles down for a rest with his bushy tail curled around himself.

 The other buddy buttons are quite fond of Squirrel. The only problem they had with him so far, was when he began to hide all the chocolate eggs Rabbit had confiscated for them at Easter. They quickly halted that activity. Overall, he is a great buddy and loves to scamper about with the rest of the buttons!




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Daily Sketch: Turquoise Embroidery Thread


Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, April 11, 20116

April 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

When I was a young girl, I loved to embroider. It was so much fun going to the store to purchase both iron on patterns and embroidery thread.  The array of thread colors was both fascinating and overwhelming. So many decisions had to be made regarding the best color and then which shade of that color would be best suited for one’s project!

Pillowcases were my favorite projects to complete.  I loved buying crisp white pillow cases and preparing them.  Centering and ironing on the stamped pattern took time. Then came the fun part, adding color by thread to the chosen design.

Today, I dug out my embroidery thread from many years ago. This color spoke to me. It is so uplifting and made me think of summer.  Warm sun filled days came to mind, with white sand spilling between my toes.

Do you remember iron on patterns and embroidery projects?



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Sheerly Pink and Daily Sketch: Embroidered Handkerchief

Sheerly Pink mini for FB

Sheerly Pink, 4x4in. Oil on linen/board, Sold


Sheerly Pink

“Delicately sheer in soft pink and floral touches.”

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

I painted this miniature a few years ago. I thought it would be nice to share it again today, since it was the theme of my daily sketch. I had to ponder on how I was going to paint its sheerness. Once I had a plan, I really loved painting both the transparent quality and the embroidery.

 I use to love embroidery when I was younger. I just don’t seem to have time these days, but I have always loved the look of  articles that were embellished with this art.



Today’s Simple Sketch, NFS, April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

Today’s Simple Sketch

My mom gave me a bag filled with pretty handkerchiefs. She had purchased them at a flea market. The lady who was selling them, told mom they had belonged to her mother. She hated to part with them, but really had to be selective with what she kept from the estate. I was really happy to receive them!

I remember when I was a young girl my mother gave me a few handkerchiefs she had when she was younger. They are so pretty.  I painted one a few years ago, as seen above. Handkerchiefs are such a nostalgic reminder of the days before Kleenex. I have always been in awe at all the beautiful designs and handiwork adorned on them. Some are truly a work of art!

How about you? Do you have any stories or memories about handkerchiefs?



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